MILWAUKEE - Russ was born the son of Ruby and George Pirlot. Raised in Escanaba, graduated from Escanaba High School.
Russ passed away at the age of 71, on Nov. 9, 2013, at the hospital with his wife, Kate, of 45 years at his side.
Russ served in the Marines for four years. After high school, moved to Milwaukee where he spent the rest of his life.
Russ is survived by his wife, Kate (Talaska); his children, Sarah, her two children, Rian Nicole and Zachary, a son, Greg; sisters, Vicki (Tom) Stone, Betty (Howard) Marshall; many nieces and nephews.
Russ is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delores (Al) Hitterman; brother, Walter Pirlot; brother-in-law, Thomas Stone. Private service in Milwaukee.